Friday, June 20th On Monday we arrived in Beijing, got settled into our hotel, rented bicycles and formed teams. We were introduced to the project with a lecture and had a welcome banquet dinner with the Tsinghua students and faculty.
On Tuesday we woke early and went to the site of the studio investigation. The site is a gigantic and functioning steel mill that will soon be relocated and the site redeveloped in some manner. We toured the plant, site and did a brief site analysis survey and returned to campus by early evening. We then did some work and got organized for more work.
Wednesday, the first day of studio work. A decent working day, interspresed with meals including a visit to Tsinghua’s largest dining hall. Quite large for a 20,000 student undergrad population.
Thursday, the second day of studio work. More intensive working day with shorter, but delicious meals interrupting a study stream of productivity. Incidentally, we have ventured outside the walls of our protective bucolic campus only three times. We must improve that statistic.
Friday, busy work morning preparing for our first formal team presentation. Findings of site analysis and preliminary proposals. It went well. All teams produced a ridiculous amount of work for 2.5 days.
Starting with this blog post, we now have a weekend of a bit of free time. Tonight we’ll all have a relaxing dinner and then do some Beijing touring over the weekend. The next studio assignment goes out tomorrow.
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